One of the busiest years for remodelers was 2021, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and during a highly competitive home buying market. Homeowners increasingly sought the expertise of professional remodelers to help modernize their existing homes. “Higher home equity provided resources for home owners to improve their existing homes, supporting high demand for remodeling,” says a remodeler. “And with countless innovations in building products and design techniques, it’s an exciting time for homeowners who want to improve their home.” If you are thinking of updating your current home for 2022 and beyond, here are a couple major guidelines to consider:
Design for the Future
Homeowners who incorporate “green” elements will experience long-term benefits in energy cost savings, higher resale value and enhanced living comfort. Aside from energy-efficient appliances, features that often go unnoticed but can make a significant impact include low-E windows, energy-efficient roof shingles and tiles, and spray-foam insulation.
Smart-home devices can also produce significant energy savings. Remote-controlled and voice-controlled lighting solutions, customizable thermostats and automated whole-home security systems are popular integrations for today’s smart homes.
Builders and remodelers expect supply-related delays throughout 2022. The challenges depend on the scope of your project and the types of materials needed. It is important for all parties to establish clear expectations for project milestones and to remain flexible if delays occur.
Experts recommend having a backup plan in the event of remodeling project delays. Perhaps there will be a delay on the new kitchen appliances, and you will need alternatives for cooking and storing food. Or bathroom finishes might take longer than expected to arrive, and you will need to continue relying on a secondary bathroom. Project disruptions can be inconvenient, but having alternative plans in place will make them more tolerable.
To learn more about remodeling projects or to find a remodeler contact the Central WA Home Builders Association, or visit CWHBA.org.
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